Special (non-degree) Students

At Vanderbilt University School of Nursing, special students are those enrolled in one or more non- clinical courses who have not been admitted as a degree- or certificate-seeking student. A lifetime limit of 7 credit hours is permitted in this status. Successful completion of courses taken as a special student does not guarantee future admission to any degree or post-master’s certificate program.

To be considered as a special student, an applicant must submit a completed application form with transcripts and the non-refundable application fee at least two weeks before the beginning of classes.

Acceptance into a course is dependent upon availability of space and facilities after full-time and part-time degree- and certificate-seeking students have been registered.

Registration as a special student requires approval by the Registrar. All University and School of Nursing regulations, including the Honor System, apply to special students. Special students who seek admission as a degree- or certificate-seeking student must make application for admission following regular procedures.

Special student status is not meant to imply or guarantee admission to the School of Nursing.


  • Have the Registrar send your official electronic transcripts from all colleges/universities that you have attended to Vanderbilt’s Center for Data Management at cdm@vanderbilt.edu. Please do not have the Registrar send paper transcripts
  • Request the course(s) you wish to take in the application
  • The Registrar’s office will place you in your course(s) and send you a confirmation by email. You may contact the Registrar’s office at vusn-studentrecords@vanderbilt.edu if you have any questions regarding registration.
  • See the enclosed fact sheet for information regarding health insurance, technology requirements and student identification.

About Costs 

  • Courses at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing are $1,716 per credit hour. Multiply $1,716 by the number of hours to compute the tuition charge.
  • All special students must pay a one-time university transcript fee of $100. In addition, all students must pay a $3,655/year health insurance fee if unable to present evidence of personal insurance to the Office of Student Accounts. If you have your own health insurance, please refer to the Special Student Fact Sheet for details regarding health insurance fee waiver.
  • Special students will be charged a Student Service Fees of $271.00 for the fall and spring semesters and $92 for the summer semester. The Student Service Fees cannot be waived.
  • Special students are not eligible for federal financial aid.